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Basic Writings of Nietzsche by Friedrich Nietzsche
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This book collects together "The Birth of Tragedy," "Beyond Good and Evil," "On the Genealogy of Morals," "The Case of Wagner," "Ecce Homo" as well as seventy-five aphorisms from "Human, All-Too-Human," "Mixed Opinions and Maxims," "The Wanderer and His Shadow," "The Dawn," and "The Gay Science."

Why these writings inspire me:

1. He is a philosopher but he is also a writer; in fact, the two in him are indistinguishable.

2. He loves what is noble, instead of what is good; he hates what is contemptible, instead of what is evil.

3. He is a psychologist.

4. He is a historian.

5. He stares into the abyss, and sends art over it. Against absurdity, pessimism, asceticism, he opposes the will to power, the will to recreate values.

6. He values sex for its own sake, as a force for life.

7. He is a prophet.
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message 1: by George (new)

George just finished tristram shandy and am half way thru don quixote. oddly they have a lot in common with nietzsche which i hadn't thought of before; philosophers,against hypocricy, psychologists, historians,the abyss, prophetic. i/m not sure about n.'s opposition to the will to power? do you mean proposes the will to power?
george


message 2: by Jee (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jee Koh George wrote: "just finished tristram shandy and am half way thru don quixote. oddly they have a lot in common with nietzsche which i hadn't thought of before; philosophers,against hypocricy, psychologists, histo..."

Hi george,
to my shame, i've yet to read tristram and quixote. by writing n. "opposes" the will to power against absurdity etc, i hope to suggest something of his polemic and heroic spirit.

Best, jee


message 3: by George (new)

George Jee wrote: "George wrote: "just finished tristram shandy and am half way thru don quixote. oddly they have a lot in common with nietzsche which i hadn't thought of before; philosophers,against hypocricy, psych..."

Jee wrote: "George wrote: "just finished tristram shandy and am half way thru don quixote. oddly they have a lot in common with nietzsche which i hadn't thought of before; philosophers,against hypocricy, psych..."

jee
i mis-read the sentence as he was against all the things in the sentence. that's what happens when i spend 10 hours travelling with children under 5; can't think any more.
george



message 4: by Jee (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jee Koh it's an act of heroism, to spend 10 hours traveling with such young children.




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